Dale Helmig sues over wrongful murder conviction

A Mid-Missouri man released from prison after being wrongly convicted, filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the people who helped put him behind bars.

Dale Helmig filed suit in US District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Helmig spent 15 years in prison after being convicted of killing his mother Norma in Osage County in 1993.

Last year, his conviction was overturned and he was set free. Helmig's federal lawsuit claims his constitutional rights were violated.

It names as defendants:

- Osage County,

- former state trooper Robert Westfall,

- former Osage County Deputy Paul Backues,

- and Osage County Sheriff Carl Fowler.

Friday Sheriff Fowler told KRCG he had not heard of the lawsuit, nor seen a copy, but he did expect one to be filed.

Earlier this week Dale Helmig told the Kansas City Star newspaper that adjusting to his new life has been difficult.

He's living with his brother in Rocky Mount and still has not found a job.